ECO Newsletter: Week of January 22, 2018

ECO Newsletter: Week of January 22, 2018

Hi all,

Happy New Year! Happy new semester! Welcome to the new version of the ECO newsletter, courtesy of your new ECO communications director. With a new board comes the potential for sweeping institutional change, almost none of which will be manifested within this newsletter, as I hope to maintain the high informational quality (and meme quality) to which you have grown accustomed.





Updates on a couple Energy & Environment courses warrant your attention as you shop for the parcels of academia that fit you best.

First, David Sandalow’s 1.5 credit course on Current Issues in Energy Policy is not yet full (!), meaning the opportunity still exists to benefit from his in-depth knowledge as well as share a classroom with certain preeminent student org communications directors. Course description below.


INAF U6074 Current Issues in Energy Policy

Spring 2018 Course Dates: Jan. 22 – Mar. 5

Prerequisites: INAF U6072


The purpose of this course is: (1) to familiarize participants with six current issues in energy policy, (2) to better understand the interplay of policy and political factors that guide public sector decision-making, and (3) to improve skills for drafting memoranda to senior policymakers.  The class will focus on U.S. energy policy, but explore policies in other countries as well.  Sub-national, national and international issues will be examined. The six issues studied will be: solar power, shale gas, global energy governance, cyber attacks on the electric grid, President Trump’s pro-coal policies and an issue to be determined based on events in the news.


Term                   Section               Call Number      Instructor                         Times/Location

Spring 2018        001                      86246                  David Sandalow                T 6:10pm – 8:00pm


409 International Affairs Bldg



Secondly, the 1.5 credit Energy and National Security course taught by John MacWilliams is now free of pre-requisite constraints, so you can take it without having gone through Energy Systems Fundamentals. Course description below.


INAF U6084 Energy and National Security

Spring 2018 Course Dates: Jan. 22 – Feb. 27

Prerequisites: None!

This course will examine the nexus between global energy issues and national security. It will provide students with a deeper understanding of the often complex technological, political, and national security issues that arise from the intersection of global energy issues and national security. They will learn how policy is formed around these issues in the US and other countries, including domestic political and geopolitical considerations. The course will begin with an overview of the dramatic paradigm shifts currently taking place in the global energy industry. We will then analyze and discuss the geopolitical and national security implications associated with these transformations. During the next two classes, students will take a deeper dive into two specific areas: threats to energy infrastructure and nuclear security. The nuclear security session will feature a case study of the MOX plutonium disposition project, which will provide students with a candid look at the competing political, economic, foreign policy and national security objectives that one often finds in a highly complex, multibillion dollar project. In the last section of the course, students will prepare for and actively participate in a mock White House Situation Room decision meeting with respect to an energy-related national security crisis, which will be provided to them in advance. Throughout the course, students will be expected to analyze the technology, geopolitical, and national security implications of each topic, to make policy recommendations, and to advocate for their positions during class discussions.



Term                   Section               Call Number      Instructor                         Times/Location

Spring 2018        001                      13529                  John MacWilliams             T 2:10pm – 4:00pm





ECO/SEA/EE Happy Hour

ECO is joining forces with our friends in the SIPA Energy Association as well as the Energy & Environment concentration to kick off the semester with a happy hour this Thursday, 1/25. We know you like your happy hours mysterious and suspenseful, so we won’t tell you quite yet where the venue is and at what time the event will start, but that information will soon be forthcoming. Stay tuned and hope to see you there!


As a recipient of this email you are already a valued part of the ECO community, but encourage your not-yet-enlightened friends to visit the ECO table at SIPAFest on Friday 1/26! There they can learn about our mission and all the good work we do.

Date: Friday, January 26
Time: 4-6 PM
Location: 15th Floor (International Affairs building)


NYC Career Series: Environmental Policy

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Hamilton 303

Are you interested in working in the Environmental Policy field in the New York metro area? Attend this event to learn more about the field, various career paths, and potential job/internship opportunities at the NYC Career Panel for Environmental Policy. RSVP here.


  • Katherine (Kerry) Constabile (SIPA 2006), Sustainable Development Advisor, Executive Office of the UN Secretary General
  • Katie Edmond (SIPA 2014), Project Development Coordinator, Partnership Development, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
  • Venkat Iyer (SIPA 2016), Conservation Finance Specialist, Wildlife Conservation Society


Columbia University Energy Symposium

  • Conference

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

Time: 9am – 6pm

Location: Faculty House

Theme: Envisioning a New Energy Era


The CU Energy Symposium is proud to announce an exciting line-up of speakers and panels. Check out their agenda, and secure your tickets today for a spot at the event and meet our speakers:

  • Alicia Barton, CEO, NYSERDA
  • Andrew Cross, Acting Director IFC Treasury Market Operations
  • Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES); Former Deputy Administrator, EPA
  • Diane Regas, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Harry Singh, Vice President, US Power Trading Group, Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Jacob Susman, VP – Head of Origination, EDF Renewable Energy
  • Zach Khan, Director, Government Affairs for North America, BYD
  • Lars Lysdahl, Senior Project Manager at Rystad Energy
  • and many more.


  • Career Fair

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Location: IAB 1501
The CU Energy Symposium is excited to announce the attendance of Tesla, NYSERDA, Connecticut Green Bank, Rocky Mountain Institute, New York Greenbank, and many more companies at this year’s career fair. The Symposium will also host student-employer coffee chats with Booz Allen Hamilton during the day on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Resume books will be provided to career fair and coffee chat companies. The Symposium team will reach out to registered students this week to collect resumes. Get your ticket now to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Resume Collection Deadlines:

  • Coffee chat: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Career fair: Sunday, January 28, 2018




NYU – Sustainability Manager


Position Summary

Under the direction of the Director, Sustainability, this role will be an integral part of a best-in-class, comprehensive sustainability program and team that will oversee the strategy, content, management, and direction of various energy conservation measures/projects and outreach initiatives in support of NYU sustainability goals. Areas of focus include energy/climate, water, waste, purchasing, built environment, food, water, transportation, social/ cultural, landscaping, and innovation as focus areas and associated goals. Create metrics, compile data, manage/ create databases, and provide submissions to various regulatory and funding/rebate organizations. To ensure recommended strategies and initiatives are implemented consistent with University/Operations objectives, priorities, and budgets, communicate with and interact with clients/customers/stakeholders such as Facilities Management, Technical Services, Construction Management, the Office of Student Affairs,Dining Services, Faculty Housing, and the Budget Office. Support the Director with communications and outreach strategies as needed.


Required Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Civil, Environmental or Mechanical Engineering, Sustainability, or equivalent.

Preferred Education:
Master’s degree, engineering degree, LEED AP, or LEED GA. Certified energy manager and/or professional engineer.

Required Experience:
Five years of related experience in a large corporate or not-for-profit setting.

Preferred Experience:
Five-to-seven years of energy/building systems project management experience. Experience with life cycle costing, data collection and analysis, managing energy efficiency projects, and assessing their technical impacts and payback on the investment.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Excellent written, communication, and presentation skills; demonstrated history of problem solving and initiative; strong interpersonal skills; ability to multitask with strong analytical skills. Ability to work independently or collaboratively as part of a team. Fluent in MS Office and MS Project, with an understanding and working knowledge of databases.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance – Decentralized Energy Analyst

Bloomberg New Energy Finance is seeking a talented, highly-motivated individual to join our Decentralized Energy analyst team in New York. You’re someone with a keen interest in innovation and disruption and have a flair for forming original opinions on complex topics. You are comfortable with thinking both quantitatively and qualitatively and have the ability to communicate your ideas to a broad audience. Teamwork is important to you, and you are excited by the prospect of working with colleagues and clients with a diverse range of skills and backgrounds.

You will be based in our New York office, working as part of our Decentralized Energy analyst team at Bloomberg New Energy Finance – the world’s leading independent provider of analysis, tools, data and research to decision makers leading change in the energy system. With the unique depth and breadth of our comprehensive BNEF platform, we help clients stay on top of developments across the energy spectrum.

What’s The Role

  • Together with the team members, and other analyst teams, you will identify topics of interest to clients, conduct research, and produce written reports on the findings
  • You will frequently collaborate with the sales team in building new audiences for your analysis
  • You will be working with colleagues and clients based around the world – periodic travel is expected


We’ll Trust You To

  • Become an expert on decentralization of the energy sector, providing insights on the changing roles of energy companies and consumers, and the uptake of new energy technologies
  • Get quickly up to speed on the growing role of rooftop solar, electric vehicles, batteries, demand response and virtual power plants, distributed energy management systems, and system flexibility
  • Think critically, cut through the noise of quantitative and qualitative information, and to form original, defensible opinions
  • Collaborate closely with analysts across the company to create new tools and data sets to track the development of the energy sector
  • Communicate your ideas, verbally, in writing and visually through charts and diagrams
  • Develop a network of contacts in the industry to gather information and insight on the sector
  • Engage with clients and industry figures regularly


You’ll Need To Have

  • A degree in a scientific, engineering, economics or humanities discipline
  • A passion for problem solving and an aptitude for logic
  • The willingness to learn quickly and adapt as new subjects grow in importance
  • The ability to form original opinions based on both qualitative and quantitative information
  • The ability to communicate via writing (for research reports), verbally (for presentations at conferences, to clients, or to the media) and visually (creating charts and diagrams to support your analysis)
  • The collaborative skills necessary to work effectively with colleagues from a range of countries and backgrounds


We’d Love To See

  • A demonstrable interest and enthusiasm for clean energy


Scott Belding (

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director

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